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Save More than Just a Trip to the Transfer Station

Often when people have a bulky item they want to get rid of, like old furniture and appliances, they first think of going to the dump to get rid of it.  Did you know that you can have your bulky item picked up curbside? The cost could be the same or less than making a trip to the transfer station. Either way you’ll be saving:

  • Time from the trip you don’t have to take.
  • Money from gas and possibly having to rent a truck.

It’s easy and convenient!

Schedule a bulky item collection
Call Seattle Public Utilities Customer Service at (206) 684-3000 to request a bulky item collection. The person(s) responsible for the utility bill must be able to authorize charges on the account.

Bulky item charges
Charges for bulky item collections will appear on your utility as follows:

  • $30 per item
  • $38 per item for items containing CFCs (such as refrigerators)

Also compare potential savings for extra garbage or yard waste curbside versus going to one of our transfer stations.

Get bulky items collected
Place your bulky items out for collection by 7:00 a.m., Monday through Friday of the scheduled week of collection. Make sure the items are on private property (not curb strips) and are easily accessible.

Bulky items include:

  • Appliances: refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, dryers, trash compactors, air conditioners and washing machines. If your refrigerator or freezer is in working condition, you may qualify for a $30 rebate from Seattle City Light. Please visit Seattle City Light’s website for program details.
  • Beds: box springs, mattresses
  • Furniture: dressers, cabinets, tables, chairs, and sofas

Restrictions on bulky items:

  • For non-operating refrigerators: for safety reasons, please remove any refrigerator and freezer doors that have latches.
  • Items cannot exceed 8 feet in length or 4 feet in diameter.
  • Items made of absorbent material must have a waterproof cover on rainy days.
  • Any item that is too large for the truck or is too heavy (more than 300 pounds) for one person to load will not be collected.